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ON BASKETBALL

What does Evan Turner bring to the Celtics?

Evan Turner’s most distinctive trait is his nasally voice. There are times when he sounds like a fourth-grade teacher, yet he speaks with wisdom beyond his years when discussing his career.

The first time this reporter talked with Turner in depth was during the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, after he helped lead the eighth-seeded 76ers past the Bulls — who lost Derrick Rose to an ACL injury in Game 1 — and into a seven-game series with the Celtics. Turner, the second overall pick the previous season, talked under one of the baskets at TD Garden, saying he was already feeling maligned despite the fact Philadelphia was in its first conference semifinals in nine years.

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